Wednesday

24th Aug 2016

Russia demands visa-free EU travel

  • Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN and Commission President ROMANO PRODI held symbolic talks on Tuesday in Moscow. (Photo: European Commission)

European Commission President Romano Prodi and Russia's President Vladimir Putin held talks last night in Kremlin over Iraq, an upcoming Russia-EU summit in St. Petersburg and a possible visa-free agreement between Russia and the EU.

Russia: importance of EU relations

Mr Putin called on the EU to grant Russian nationals a visa-free status for trips to EU countries. The Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Igor Ivanov also said that a special team will be soon formed to consider what concrete steps could be taken.

Dear EUobserver reader

Subscribe now for unrestricted access to EUobserver.

Sign up for 30 days' free trial, no obligation. Full subscription only 15 € / month or 150 € / year.

  1. Unlimited access on desktop and mobile
  2. All premium articles, analysis, commentary and investigations
  3. EUobserver archives

EUobserver is the only independent news media covering EU affairs in Brussels and all 28 member states.

♡ We value your support.

If you already have an account click here to login.

Mr Putin also proposed to go to Brussels in order to discuss some aspects about the visa-free agreement, Mr Ivanov said after the meeting, according to the Russian information agency Novosti.

The agency also said that the Russian President raised the possible problems which could arise when the accession countries join the EU. In general, Russia's attitude to EU enlargement is positive, however discussions are needed to prevent damage to each of those countries' bilateral contacts with Russia, added Mr Ivanov.

Russia hails EU statement on Iraq

Mr Prodi and Mr Putin also discussed the outcome of the EU emergency meeting on Iraq. Mr Putin indicated Russia’s support for the EU's common position on Iraq. "We hail the statement approved yesterday at the EU summit. We believe that our positions enable us to continue to interact to solve the Iraq problem," Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov told a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

The Commission President's visit to Moscow was relatively short, as he flew to Moscow Tuesday evening in an aircraft lent by Mr Putin, had dinner with Russian leaders and headed back to Brussels later in the evening. The invitation to go to Moscow was given at the weekend.

Slovakia's Fico goes to Russia

The Slovak prime minister, whose country currently chairs the EU council, will meet the Russian leader ahead of upcoming EU talks on Russia policy.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. HuaweiMaking Cities Smarter and Safer
  2. GoogleHow Google Makes Connections More Secure For Users
  3. EGBAThe EU Court of Justice Confirms the Application of Proportionality in Assessing Gambling Laws
  4. World VisionThe EU and Member States Must Not Use Overseas Aid for Promoting EU Interests
  5. Dialogue PlatformInterview: "There is a witch hunt against the Gulen Movement in Turkey"
  6. ACCAACCA Calls for ‘Future Looking’ Integrated Reporting Culture With IIRC and IAAER
  7. EURidNominate Your Favourite .eu or .ею Website for the .EU Web Awards 2016 Today!
  8. Dialogue PlatformAn Interview on Gulen Movement & Recent Coup Attempt in Turkey
  9. GoogleA Little Bird Told us to Start Tweeting About Google’s Work Across Europe. Learn More @GoogleBrussels
  10. Counter BalanceThe Trans Adriatic Pipeline: An Opportunity or a Scam in the Making for Albania?
  11. Counter BalanceThe Investment Plan for Europe: Business as Usual or True Innovation ?
  12. Belgrade Security ForumMigration, Security and Solidarity within Global Disorder: Academic Event 2016